Off-duty New Jersey officer found shot to death in car

Investigators walk near a car with a shattered window where an off-duty New Jersey police officer was found dead from gunshot wounds in his car in the parking lot of a closed movie theater complex Monday, March 21, 2016, in Sayreville, N.J. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey says the Sayreville police officer was found dead Monday morning. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — An off-duty New Jersey police officer has been found shot to death in his car in the parking lot of a closed movie theater complex.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey says the Sayreville police officer was found dead Monday morning with gunshot wounds.

Spokesman James O’Neill said Monday afternoon that the officer’s manner of death had yet to be determined and that autopsy results weren’t immediately available.

Investigators examined a black Dodge with a shattered window on its passenger’s-side door before it was towed away. The vehicle wasn’t a police cruiser.

O’Neill says the department had been alerted to a report of a body near the former movie theater off Route 9.

An American flag at the nearby Sayreville police station was lowered to half-staff. Officers referred comment to prosecutors.

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